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Denon DVD-2930CI

DVD/CD/SACD/DVD-Audio Player with 1080p video upconversion

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Denon's DVD-2930CI is one hefty DVD player — and one that's fully equipped to deliver attention-grabbing picture and sound quality. Its rock-solid, three-layer design and aluminum front panel fight vibrations that can hinder performance. Denon built the audio and video circuit boards into separate blocks to prevent interference and keep signals as clean as possible.

Denon's DVD-2930CI is one hefty DVD player — and one that's fully equipped to deliver attention-grabbing picture and sound quality. Its rock-solid, three-layer design and aluminum front panel fight vibrations that can hinder performance. Denon built the audio and video circuit boards into separate blocks to prevent interference and keep signals as clean as possible.

The 2930CI's advanced video circuitry makes its picture truly an amazing sight. A powerful new Silicon Optix video processor transforms DVD signals into progressive-scan images on a pixel-by-pixel basis for sharp, clear detail. The processor also helps faithfully reconstruct film sources when upconverting them to 1080p, the highest TV resolution currently available. A 10-bit digital filter reduces "jaggies" and other picture artifacts without blurring the image. All in all, DVDs will show a level of detail you may not have seen before, especially when viewed on today's 1080p-capable high-definition TVs.

Audiophiles will appreciate Denon's AL24 Plus processing, which brings out all of the nuances in your music with optimum clarity. Denon Link allows this DVD player to pass SACD and DVD-Audio signals to a compatible Denon receiver. This is a noise-free connection, so you'll get uncompromised sound with your high-resolution audio discs. The DVD-2930CI also does a great job with regular CDs and those loaded with MP3 and WMA (Windows® Media Audio) files.

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Product Highlights:

  • digital video upconversion
  • selectable 480i/480p/720p/1080i/1080p output via HDMI digital interface (separate adapter available for TVs with DVI input)
  • selectable progressive-scan mode for smoother video with HD-compatible TVs (via the component video output)
  • Silicon Optix Reon-VX50 10-bit video processor
  • Noise Shaped Video™ reduces noise in the video signal
  • 8MB buffer for quick layer change
  • PC-compatible format scaling (VGA, XGA, WXGA, SXGA)
  • digital bass management (selectable low-pass crossover)
  • SRS Virtual Surround
  • AL24 Plus sound processing
  • HDCD decoding
  • lip sync correction
  • 3-block, 3-layer design
  • Dolby® Digital and DTS® decoding with 5.1 analog audio output
  • HDMI version 1.1
  • Denon Link digital output passes Dolby Digital, DTS, DVD-Audio, and SACD signals to compatible Denon receivers
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs for Dolby Digital/DTS/PCM
  • 1 set of A/V outputs (composite, S-video, 480i/480p component video)
  • RS-232C port for third party controllers
  • detachable power cord
  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, DVD+R & DVD+RW, and DivX® (version 6.0) discs
  • plays SACD, DVD-Audio, CD, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 and WMA CD-R & CD-RW
  • plays digital picture CD (JPEG), Kodak Picture CD, and Fujifilm Fujicolor CD
  • remote control
  • dual, discrete 216MHz/12-bit video DACs
  • dual Burr-Brown PCM-1791 192kHz/24-bit audio DACs
  • 17-1/16"W x 4-1/16"H x 16-7/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs

What's in the Box:

  • Single DVD/DVD-Audio/SACD/CD Player
  • RC-1037 Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 6' AC Power cord
  • 55" Denon Link cord (has an RJ-45 connector on each end)
  • 57" Audio/Video cable (has left and right RCA Audio connectors and an RCA composite video connector on each end)
  • Operating Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
  • Warranty sheet for USA (English) and Canada (English and French)
  • Denon Service Network contact list

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Inputs and Outputs Notes


Denon Link (3rd Edition): The DVD-2930CI has an RJ-45 Denon Link 3rd Edition output. Through the Denon Link, the DVD player can transfer 6-channel 96kHz/24-bit or two channel stereo 192kHz/24-bit DVD-Audio signals, as well as 2-channel and multi-channel SACD signals, digitally to a receiver. Because the signal transfer is balanced and the voltage is lower than coaxial or unbalanced cables, the Denon Link is far less susceptible to radiated noise, which helps to ensure the highest level of signal transfer. Denon Link 3rd Edition uses a different signal from Denon Link S.E. (Second Edition). Because of this, the Denon Link 3rd Edition signals are only compatible with A/V receivers that are Denon Link 3rd compatible. In the Digital Interface Setup, you can select the type of signal output through the Denon Link jack: 3rd, 2nd, or Off. If the unit is set to 2nd Edition signals, there will be no output from an SACD.

HDMI: The unit's HDMI jack passes both digital video and audio using a single cable. HDMI Version 1.1 is compatible with copy protected DVDs with HDCP and CPPM (Content Protection for Pre-recorded Media/used in DVD-Audio), which was not the case with version 1.0. You can select the type of video signal output by the HDMI jack: 480i/576i, 480p/576p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p.

10-Bit I/P Converter: Conversion from interlaced to progressive (I/P Converter) video is accomplished using a 10-bit converter developed by Silicon Optics and Denon. This 10-bit processing offers high conversion performance and dramatically improves motion detection capability.

Multi-Directional Diagonal Filter (MDDF): MDDF detects and corrects at a pixel-level the directionality of lines, avoiding the "jaggies" often seen in supposedly straight diagonal lines.

Denon Pixel Image Correction (DPIC): Also built on a 10-bit platform, DPIC's pixel by pixel correction compares nine different pixels of adjacent video data for each pixel correction. Luminance and chroma signals are also processed to suppress ringing noise and other artifacts.

Video Scaler: The video scaler upconverts standard DVD signals to HD-compatible 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, and passes it through the HDMI output. Upconverted signals are not passed by the component video outputs.

Dual Discrete Video Circuit (DDVC): Isolated video circuits for interlaced and progressive signals improve video precision.

Video D/A Converters: The DVD-2930CI uses a 12-bit, 216-MHz video D/A converter to tap the maximum potential DVD has to offer. This converter provides a high sampling frequency of 216-MHz, with 8x oversampling for Progressive video and 16x oversampling for Interlaced video, resulting in the most detailed D/A conversion.

Noise Shaped Video (NSV): The NSV feature works in the digital domain to reduce noise in the video signal frequency band, improving video signal to noise ratio and enhancing video signal linearity.

HDCD Decoder: HDCD (High Definition Compatible Digital) is a digital audio recording technology, compatible with the conventional CD format. It significantly reduces distortion during recording to expand the dynamic range and realize higher resolution than standard CD. The HDCD decoder allows the DVD-2930CI to play discs that have been recorded in HDCD format and to bring out superior sonic performance from these discs. Combined with Denon's advanced audio technology, the DVD-2930CI masterfully reproduces HDCD's rich dynamic range and beautiful sound quality.

Speaker Configuration: During the initial set up it is possible to set the speaker size, distance, and crossover point. The crossover point for bass management can be fixed at 40, 60, 80, 100 or 120 Hz.

Multi-channel DVD-Audio Playback: DVD-Audio is a multi-channel format used for high resolution audio recording. This unit can decode and play DVD-Audio discs with a sampling rate up to 192 kHz with a 24-bit word length.

SACD: Unlike PCM based technology (CD/MiniDisc/DVD/Audio DVD, etc.), Super Audio CD is based on Direct Stream Digital (DSD) encoding, which does not require decimation and interpolation filters. DSD is much simpler and enables a 1-bit signal to be recorded directly. DSD encodes music at 2,822,400 samples per second (64 times that of standard CD) allowing you to hear sound with incredible detail and clarity. DSD combines the advantages of digital recording with the best characteristics of analog sound. The DVD-2930CI unit will play 2-channel and multi-channel Super Audio CDs. During SACD playback, the optical digital and coaxial outputs do not operate. The Digital Link 3rd output or analog outputs must be used to listen to SACDs.

AL24 Processing for All Channels: Denon has further developed its proprietary AL24 Processing, an analog waveform reproduction technology, to support the 192 kHz sampling frequency of DVD-Audio. This new technology, AL24 Processing Plus, thoroughly suppresses quantization noise associated with D/A conversion of LPCM signals to reproduce the low-level signals with optimum clarity. Additionally AL24 expands original PCM 16-bit recordings to 24-bit word length using interpolation algorithms developed by Denon. The result is a more natural reproduction of spatial information and clarity that will bring out all the delicate nuances of the music.

Pure Direct Mode: The DVD-2930CI includes two Pure Direct modes that further improve sound quality. During analog audio output, Pure Direct can turn off digital signal outputs, video signal outputs, and the front panel display, which can easily influence the sound quality of the analog audio signals. You can define which operations are to be turned off and store those preferences in memory.

MP3/WMA Playback: This unit will play MP3 files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 level 1 format (128 kbps and faster recommended). Windows Media Audio (WMA9) is also supported using a compression rate from 64-160 kbps.

Note: The DVD-2930CI is not compatible with packet write software or ID3 Tag information.

JPEG Disc Playback: JPEG files stored on CD-Rs and CD-RWs can be played as a slide show and enjoyed on your TV using the DVD-2930CI. Kodak picture CDs and Fujicolor CDs are also supported. During slide show playback, you can rotate an image 90-degrees clockwise or counterclockwise, flip an image vertically or horizontally, or zoom in on an image. In addition, you can play the pictures in random order.

Note: JPEG files recorded on a Macintosh computer cannot be played.

Surround Sound Processors: Along with the multi-channel processors for DVD-Audio and SACD, Dolby Digital and DTS surround decoders are built in.

Picture Zooming: During DVD-Video and Video CD playback, you can enlarge the picture by 1x, 2x, or 3x. You can then use the cursor buttons to move the enlarged viewing area up, down, left, or right.

Markers: Up to 8 points on a DVD-Video disc can be stored in memory and easily recalled. Markers are automatically cleared when the power is turned off or when the tray is opened.

Resume Function: The Resume function allows the player to remember the point where you stopped play. Playback will resume from the point stored in memory. The stopping point is cleared if the tray is opened or the stop button is pressed a second time.

Auto Power-Off: If the unit is in stop mode for approximately 30 minutes, it will automatically switch to standby mode.

Dimmer: The display can be adjusted to one of three brightness levels, or the display can be turned off.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Denon Link (3rd Edition): Using the supplied Denon Link cable this DVD player is connected to a Denon Link 3rd or S.E. compatible receiver.

5.1-Channel Audio Outputs: The DVD-2930CI offers multi-channel analog output for DVD-Audio, DVD-Video and SACD playback.

2-Channel Audio Outputs: In addition to the 5.1-channel analog outputs, the unit features a stereo audio output for connecting to a stereo analog input on a TV or receiver.

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface): The unit's HDMI simplifies A/V connections by carrying uncompressed SD or HD digital video and up to 8 channels of digital audio all in one cable. This unit features HDCP copyright protection technology, and must be connected to an HDCP-compliant device. The output resolution can be set to match the capability of the monitor or projector. The HDMI connection is compatible with DVD-Video and DVD-Audio, but not SACD. The video signal format can be set to 480i/576i, 480p/576p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p.

RS-232C Port: This port connects to the RS-232 port on a compatible external controller, allowing control of this player using outboard remote systems.

Room To Room In/Out: Two 3.5mm mini-jacks are provided for wired remote control, allowing you to connect the DVD-2930CI to compatible Denon components.

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